COVERED PORCHES AND breezeways serve as connective tissue in this airy beachfront home, loosely bridging the otherwise discrete building blocks that make up the main house, master suite, guest cottage, and carriage house. The so-called “dog trot” spaces facilitate cross ventilation, and, with their overhanging eaves, serve as a visor from the intense Florida sun. And yet, light abounds in these intermittent retreats, giving due play to their impeccably crisp stop chamfer box beams and casements. Shiplap siding adds yet another texture to the walls and signals the transition from indoors to outdoors.

Category: Porch; Entrant/Architect/Master planner: Cooper Robertson & Partners, New York; Builder/Developer: The St. Joe Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; Landscape architect: EDAW, Atlanta; Interior designer: Phillip Sides Interior Design, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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